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How Can I Win Over Worry? (12 of 12)
Series: When We Ask How
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. Curse of Worry
II. Cure for Worry
I would like for us to turn today to Matthew 6 and we want to look at verses 25-27 initially and we want to look today at the subject, "How Can I Win Over Worry."
How can I win over worry? If you do not have any worries, you are indeed a unique individual. It is interesting how much of the Bible deals with anxiety, how to have peace of mind, how to have peace of heart, how to have victory over worry, victory in the midst of difficulties and burdens.
Jesus spoke about this of course in His Sermon on the Mount. Let's look at the words that are very practical and speak to us just exactly where we live.
He said in Matthew 6:25, "THEREFORE I TELL YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT YOU WILL EAT OR DRINK: OR ABOUT YOUR BODY, WHAT YOU WILL WEAR. IS NOT LIFE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOOD, AND THE BODY MORE IMPORTANT THAN CLOTHES?"
"LOOK AT THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, THEY DO NOT SOW OR REAP OR STORE AWAY IN BARNS AND YET YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM. ARE YOU NOT MUCH MORE VALUABLE THAN THEY? WHO OF YOU BY WORRY CAN ADD A SINGLE HOUR TO HIS LIFE?"
Now the word worry used here in the New Testament by Jesus is a word that means in the original language to choke or to strangle and that is a good description of what worry does. It strangles happiness. It strangles effectiveness. It strangles joy.
It chokes off the blessings of God. It chokes off the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. So Jesus deals with this very directly and just head on.
Now actually in verse 25, when He tells us not to worry, it is not a suggestion. It is command and many times we overlook this aspect of what Jesus said. He commands us not to worry.
Now we are commanded to do a lot of things in the Bible that are impossible to do apart from the unveiling and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You know Jesus says that we are to love our ene ...
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